Monday, January 7, 2013

More Water Please

Did you know that if you wanted to lose weight and are trying to be healthy that you needed to drink 1 gallon of water a day. 1 Gallon equals 128 ounces. That is a lot of water. Are we swimming in it or drinking it? No wonder people lose weight, they are so full off of water they can’t eat anything else. Not to mention how many times a day you will have to stop by the rest room. It apparently actually helps our body to lose excess fat, aids in proper digestion and helps to rid the body of excess water

Well I may not be able to drink a gallon of water a day but I am going to try to drink more. I will try it out a couple of days and see how it goes. I feel like this will be better if I need to lose weight right away, say before Spring Break than an everyday activity.

I am not a good at drinking water anyway. I love my coffee in the morning, I love my tea that I sweeten with equal and occasional I love a soda. I love to sip steal from Danny. Sometimes you just need a good coke. But I have learned that the more I drink of those sugary drinks the more I feel hungry. I have tried the carbonated or seltzer water and I just can’t do that. Maybe it is an acquired taste but as my BIL says, “why should I have to acquire the taste” Good Point!

I have learned that I like my water ice cold. If I am going to drink a lot I don’t want any other flavors in it just plain water. If I am sipping for leisure (seriously?) then I don’t mind a splash of lemon or orange. In the spring and summer fresh cucumber or melon would be good.

Are there any other flavor combinations I should try?

I know a lot of people like to add the Crystal Light Sugar Free packets but for me it irritates my throat. It almost scratches it and then makes me feel uncomfortable for a day or so. I just try to avoid them at all costs.

Maybe this will take away my hunger pains and make me more conscientious of what I am putting into my body. I would like to stop eating less junk and processed foods. I have always heard drinking more water gives you better complexion and that is something I definitely need. Don’t get me started on having acne at almost 30. Like grow up body, get over it and move onto the next stage of life……glowing beauty. ☺ If only I had a filter like Instagram for real life. ☺

Friday, January 4, 2013


I learned how to play a new game over NYE and now I am hooked. After our original plans were cancelled for NYE night the family and I ended up hanging out with my mom and Pops. We played Mexican Train Dominos. I Love games. But I am competitive so sometimes I take playing games to a whole different level.

The game is fun because it is a little bit strategy and little bit of luck. Each player draws 15 tiles/dominos. You first have to start with the coordinating tile. Each round it is a different number starting from double 12 down to the double blank tile. You can line up as many tiles on your first hand but then after that you can only play 1 tile. A few rounds in, I drew all the right tiles b/c I played all 15 on my first turn. It was fun to see everyone’s reaction. We ended up playing 3 hours of dominos. I did end up winning the game but think maybe it was all just beginners luck. So I would like to play again to see how well I do.

Danny and I had so much fun that the next day at 9pm we decided I should go to the local CVS and buy a set. They only had a set up to 6’s which is nowhere near as fun as the set of 12. I too won that game but I was only playing against my husband who isn’t super competitive and I had a 50% chance of winning. Lol Needless to say we plan on buying another set this weekend or in the near future. I mean, I need a challenge or it just isn’t fun. J So if you would like to challenge me to a game of Mexican Train Dominos just let me know. I am not saying I will beat you but I would like the chance to. Haha. All in good fun!  It really is a fun game. I would also like to learn how to play regular Dominos or any other version. If you know of a good way to play just let me know and I will look it up. Speaking of that…do you know how to play Euchre? When I went to college I realized that was an Indiana game and people outside of Indiana had no idea what I was talking about. There are lots of different variations of Euchre that Danny and I would like to play. We just never remember. Google it if you are interested.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy 2013

Happy 2013 everyone. I love New Year’s. It is a great time to start over. To start that new diet and be healthier. To be nicer and kinder to everyone you meet. To set goals. To reinvent yourself and to work on the things you neglected in the year before. More importantly it is a fresh start. I made two resolutions for myself and two for the girls. I thought about making Danny’s but then again he can probably make them on his own. If he can’t then I of course will help him. ☺

My new year’s resolutions are:

1.    To read a daily devotional. My mom gave each of us kids a devotional book from her church. Each day there is about a page and a half of reading. It starts from Matthew 1 and by the end of the year you have read the entire New Testament. What a great goal, right. I am only two days in but really enjoy it. My boss also has the same book b/c he goes to the same church and he and his family are reading it together. So now we can hold each other accountable. (PS. I love have a Christian boss. It was probably my biggest blessing of 2012)

2.    Increase my 401K. Now I know that seems boring but I am going to be 30 this year. I need to grow up and act like an adult. Plus my company matches what we donate. I won’t even miss what I am donating since it is taken from my gross pay. Well maybe I will now that our Social Security tax when up 2%. Oh well that is life!

The girls also have two resolutions:

1.    To eat better. No more buying the girls special foods like ravioli, spaghetti o’s, making plain peanut butter sandwiches or ramen noodles for their own special dinner. Whatever I make for dinner they will also eat (with little adaptation). The first night we had stir fry. Lilly of course loved it. Gracie gagged a little bit but did a good job of eating half a bowl. Day 2 was tomato soup and sandwiches. Danny and I had grown up grilled cheese with turkey.  Now I knew the girls wouldn’t like the tomato soup and on this instance I would have made chicken noodle but we were out. I did make them try it thought. Again Gracie gagged but said it was just ok. Lilly didn’t like it at first but the starting eating it out of the serving bowl. Lilly had a grilled cheese and Gracie had a turkey sandwich. She even went back for more turkey. I am tired of them filling up on fruit cups, yogurt and fruit snacks. They need to widen their palate. Danny and I love lots of different types of food and I want them to be the same way.  I know Gracie will give me push back but it is good for them and good for me.

2.    To read a daily devotional for kids. The girls love going to church. Everyday Lilly asks me what we are going to do. She always asks, “Is today church day?” She loves her class and loves the other children. It is so precious to Danny and me. They also love reading so combing the two is a great resolution for them.

So do you have any great resolutions? If not, don’t worry and don’t feel like you have to start today. You can start whenever is right for you. And if you need me to help you make your resolution well just ask. Just kidding. ☺(call me, whispered*)